Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd May 2014 18:21 UTC, submitted by Shane
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I was at the OpenStack Summit this week. The overwhelming majority of OpenStack deployments are Linux-based, yet the most popular laptop vendor (by a long way) at the conference was Apple. People are writing code with the intention of deploying it on Linux, but they're doing so under an entirely different OS.

But what's really interesting is the tools they're using to do so. When I looked over people's shoulders, I saw terminals and a web browser. They're not using Macs because their development tools require them, they're using Macs because of what else they get - an aesthetically pleasing OS, iTunes and what's easily the best trackpad hardware/driver combination on the market. These are people who work on the same laptop that they use at home. They'll use it when they're commuting, either for playing videos or for getting a head start so they can leave early. They use an Apple because they don't want to use different hardware for work and pleasure.

Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays). It's no wonder Linux developers, too, favour them.

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RE: Best of both worlds
by avgalen on Fri 23rd May 2014 10:58 UTC in reply to "Best of both worlds"
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Multimonitor has been a problem on OSX for a very long time and got worse until Mavericks:

Your family friendliness statement is really weird. YOUR family might use Macs, but most don't. If you would follow your logic a machine with Windows XP would be considered VERY family friendly still

If you compare a Mac with a similarly priced pc (not low-budget crap) they both pretty much work the same with their own quirks and benefits.

One of the reasons that Mac sales are slightly up lately must be because of developers. To develop any app for IOS you must use a Mac, even if you use crossdevelopment tools like Xamarin on Windows. Of course this means that a Mac is the best development machine because it is the only machine that allows you to develop for all platforms. In my opinion that also means that Apple is the most closed platform and because of ideological ideals I avoid them

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